I’m struggling today. I have a nasty cold, I’m frustrated and saddened by well… people. I thought about skipping day 9 to be honest with you. But, that didn’t feel right either. So I thought about the current climate of our nation and where I could find some gratitude… and it’s in our diversity. If we allow ourselves to open our heart to each other’s uniqueness we can find empathy, understanding, connection and beauty in one another, enriching our lives and those lives we come in contact with. Through our differences we can tear down walls and build bridges, we can collaborate, we can share our stories and be stronger for it.
I took this photo on one of my morning walks. The different leaves overlapping one another reminded me of how we are as a society. We’re all kind of mixed in and piled on top each other fighting for space, in all different hues, making up this beautiful picture of diversity, not always lying perfectly next to one another, but yet we’re together. Right now we are not lying perfectly together, but we are in this together. So today, I’m grateful for our differences because that’s what makes life so extraordinary, surprising, odd and worth living.
Don’t you love chores? NOT! There are those daily chores that are so mundane that they can easily give us a case of the grumps. I have found if I find gratitude in doing them I’m a bit more thankful doing the daily things. When you’re doing chores try saying little prayers of gratitude that relate to that chore. For example, as I was washing the dishes last night with every scrub I gave thanks. It went something like this:
- Scraping food off the plates- Thank you Lord for providing us with food for our bodies.
- Filling the sink with water- Lord, I am grateful for the clean water you provide us with not only to drink but to wash our dishes so that we can eat off of clean plates.
- Scrubbing the dishes-Thank you Father for giving me the strength and use of my hands to be able wash these dishes.
- Drying the dishes and putting them away- I am so blessed to have a warm home where I can put my belongings away.
- Cleaning off the dining room table- Lord, thank you for allowing my daughter and I to share another dinner together around the table. Thank you for the laughter and conversation, may we always stay this close.
If we try hard enough we can always find the gratitude and blessings in our day to day routines no matter how mundane they may. The mundane reminds us of how event the simple things are blessings!